The Manchester City fans here in the Transfer Tavern aren’t overly used to losing this season and the punters propping up our bar don’t enjoy it, to say the least. While they were delighted to see Pep Guardiola’s men mount a mini-comeback at Anfield, their 4-3 loss is still proving to be a touchy subject amongst our resident Citizens.
Indeed, their frustration has only been compounded by an injury blow. Fabian Delph limped off after suffering what looked like a knee injury on Merseyside, meaning summer signing Danilo was forced to deputise. Delph himself has been a makeshift option in that berth following the long-term ligament injury Ben Mendy suffered just a few games into his City career, so losing the England international would leave Guardiola very light in such a key area of his squad.
Pep said the injury sustained by Fabian Delph was “not good” and the makeshift left-back will be sidelined for a “while”. Left the stadium on crutches with his right knee in a brace. #MCFC pic.twitter.com/zx9KdtONHc
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) January 14, 2018
With that in mind, an update posted on Twitter by injury data analyst Ben Dinnery has done little to allay fears. As revealed by Dinnery, Guardiola expects the former Aston Villa captain to be out for a ‘while’ and that Delph left Anfield on crutches.
Perhaps this could push City into making a signing in January. Delph has been performing excellently well, though a top-class back-up for Mendy was always going to be needed for the latter stages of the Champions League. With full-backs proving so key to their system, they can’t afford any slip-ups there.